The Nebraska Emergency Management Agency is coordinating the state’s response to the winter storm.
Jodie Fawl, public information officer, says blizzards are nothing new for the state, and they are keeping in touch with the National Weather Service and local emergency management officials.
“So, if there were issues in any county across the state, those local emergency managers could call us and ask for assistance, and we would be there to support them,” Fawl says. “Just as if there was a disaster declared, we might, in turn, then seek assistance from FEMA.”
Fawl says NEMA is in regular contact with the State Patrol during the storm, and the National Guard is at the ready, if necessary.
“This storm has given us a lot of warning and allowed us to be prepared, allowed Nebraskans to go to the grocery store to get the items that they need, make sure their snow blowers are running,” Fawl says. “So, in that sense, it’s been really a nice amount of warning.”